Time to Breathe

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Heidi, Mary, Sandra and Jane want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the students who attended our 5th annual retreat at Zephyr Point. We all had an amazing, creative and inspiring time and we will be back with our usual blog posts come October. Now we are taking a well deserved break.

Looks like all our attendees had wonderful fun time too!

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Sign up or keep looking up the blog for details of when to sign up for the retreat 2019

Bullseye’s Blue Ribbon

Jane Haworth at California State Fair

1st place ribbon at the CA State Fair 2018

July was state fair month at Cal Expo in Sacramento. My husband and I went to visit the fair and see my quilt on display. Look at the size of that ribbon! I won first place in the medium/large art quilt category.  Wahoo!

I usually make one large quilt a year and for 2018 it was Bullseye x Nine. Here, I will tell you a little about the process behind making this quilt and its story up to this point. In summer 2017, I met up with Julie, one of my local t-shirt quilt customers so she could drop off shirts for her quilt. She had her 2 dogs with her so I took a few photos and this one was my favorite.

Bullseye for quilt by Jane Haworth

Perfect picture

I had been thinking about making a colorful quilt in Andy Warhol’s style and Bullseye’s face was the perfect subject. I cropped the dog’s face, posterized it in my photo software, and then used the image as my pattern. The face had three values; black, grey, and white which I translated into light, medium and dark fabrics. When it came time to choose my fabrics, I only needed three for each face and one for each background.

Bullseye in black and white

First block made

This was the first block I made. I had recently hand dyed many fat-quarter sized pieces of fabric and these turned out to be the ideal size for all the backgrounds. Next I had to decide upon the three colors for each face, and which background best suited them. I remember going around in circles trying to figure out color combinations and where to position them on the quilt!

Nine patch Andy Warhol style Jane Haworth

Figuring out the layout and the colors!

This is how it looked initially, but I decided I didn’t like the black and white image and so then had to make one more dog face. I usually don’t make pattern pieces in my quilting but for this one I made a pattern using freezer paper. When making each block I was able to reuse the same pattern pieces.

Close-up of free-motion quilting

Here you can see the stitching I did on the face.  I used three different colored threads; some to blend in and some as a contrast. The background I decided to stitch straight,  diagonal lines that formed a zig-zag between the blocks.

Best of Show ribbons

Best of Show 2018 Foothill Quilt Show

I won my first Best of Show at the Foothill Quilt Guild annual show in April. I was amazed! It was a fun show and I invited Julie, her husband, and their dogs. I think Bullseye was the star of the show especially when he posed next to the quilt.

Bullseye x Nine Jane Haworth

After this quilts recent appearance at the State Fair, I will be sending ‘Bullseye x Nine’ on to the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November. Looking forward to next year, despite mounting pressure, I have to come with an idea for my big quilt in 2019!

If you want to learn my raw edge fabric collage technique or want to make a quilt using a photo of your own pet check out my website for classes I am teaching. I have a couple of spots left in my workshop at the Artistic Alchemy retreat at Zephyr Point in Tahoe this September. Fabric Collage Addiction is your opportunity to learn how to use a photo in fabric and even make that perfect pets eye. In fact, my fellow teachers, Mary and Heidi, have a couple of spaces also so check out the blog for more details. Come join us ladies for a fun and creative time!

Pet eyes by Jane Haworth

Pet Eyes made using fabric collage.

 

My Process of Making Fabric Collage

Hi    This is JANE HAWORTH  writing this weeks post 

Sometimes coming up with the idea for my next collage quilt is hard but other times I am awash with ideas. Then having enough time is my next problem! A couple of years ago I saw a documentary about giraffes and I was shocked to hear that their numbers are really low and giraffes are on the endangered species list. The BBC documentary was Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants and follows the work of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Giraffe image from Pixabay.com

Giraffe Image

I was inspired and needed to make a giraffe quilt. I found this image on Pixabay which is a copyright free resource for images. I printed it out as a full page and then had to decide how large to make the quilt. This time I wanted it big, and I mean really big. I always get that feeling when I see one of my quilts out in the wild, at a quilt show, that the quilt looked so much bigger at home. So instead of increasing the size by 3 times or 6 times I decided 10 times. I was now making my giraffe image about 90″ x 70″.

Giraffe by Jane Haworth

Giraffe Tongue

My usual method of making my pattern is to draw a grid on newsprint. I drew 10″ squares and then transposed the lines from the 1″ grid that covered my photograph.

I began work on the tongue and that was 12″ long. The fabrics I decided to use for the giraffe included many upholstery and furnishing fabrics, as well as linen, burlap and regular quilting fabrics I had in my stash. I was not thinking about the background at this stage.

 

 

Working on a large scale was hard. On my usual worktable the collage would be falling off any chance it had and keeping all my fabrics close had its challenges too. I first completed the head as a single unit and then I tackled the neck, that would lay behind the head and then be glued in place.

Completed giraffe head by Jane Haworth

Completed head laid out onto batting.

Once the giraffe was made I was very happy and had now to figure out the background. I cut a piece of batting to the approximate size of the completed quilt and using my family room floor laid it out with the giraffe in it place. I decided to go with green patterned fabrics that I been setting aside and these included hand-dyed and over-dyed, batiks, African fabrics and other pieces I again found in my stash.

Work in Progress by Jane Haworth

Using the floor space in my family room.

To complete this quilt I made up my backing and taped it down to the floor. Lay the batting over the top, positioned the giraffe it its spot and then lay out my background fabrics. These I cut to size and pieced together as I went making sure they tucked behind the giraffe. Eventually all the batting was covered and I could glue the giraffe in place. I took my iron and pressed it all while it still lay on the floor, finishing with safety pins to hold the three layers together.

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Quilting using my Janome 6500

To quilt all my quilts I use my regular sewing machine and this quilt was hard work I will admit. I think using the heavier upholstery fabrics and burlap made the quilt stiffer, harder to handle, fit under the machine and generally hard on my body. So I do remember working for only a hour or so at a time especially on those tricky parts in the center of the quilt.

Finished by Jane Haworth

Finished quilt at the FQG Show April 2017

My husband decided the giraffe needed to be called Melman after the giraffe in the movie ‘Madagascar’. So the quilt is named ‘Melman, The vulnerable Giraffe’. I decided if I sold the quilt I would donate half the money to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. It was juried into IQF Houston in 2017 but didn’t sell and this summer it will be at Sisters, Oregon for their outdoor quilt show on July 14 2018. So he’s still for sale!

Having explained my process of making a fabric collage art quilt I must say making a smaller quilt is easier, fun, less daunting, and easier on the body. So join me at my workshop Fabric Collage Addiction, if you can, September 3-7 2018 at Zephyr Point for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat.

Artistic Alchemy will be “out in the wild” this coming weekend, May 5 & 6 at the Pine Tree Quilt Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. So come down and meet us, chat about the retreat, hear about our show special and see what ‘goodies’ we have for sale. Here are a few of the things I have been working on for that sale.

 

 

Lake Tahoe is beautiful in September so combine a trip to the mountains with sewing and play time. Check out the 4 workshops on offer from Mary, Heidi, Sandra and myself, or just work on your own projects. What could be better than taking a break from the heat and surrounding yourself with creativity.

Meet the Newest Alchemist

Let me introduce myself I am Jane Haworth, the newest Alchemist. The Artistic Alchemists have their retreat coming up September 3-7 at Zephyr Point so click on the Workshop tab to see all the workshops on offer for 2018.

I live in Auburn, CA but moved from Devon, England in 1998. This year my family and I will be celebrating our 20th year of living here in beautiful California. A yearly trip back to the UK allows me to catch up with family, visit a pub or two and enjoy all those British foods that I crave.

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I am a Pisces, I love to swim and snorkel in the ocean and since discovering Kauai in 2003 my family and I love to visit Hawaii. After that first trip to Kauai I began to make art quilts. I had seen Susan Carlson making one of her fish quilts on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson and so I began to experiment with fabric and make small fish quilts. Then using my photos from that vacation I started to design and make my first real art quilts, using both raw edge and turned edge appliqué.

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Waioli Huiia Church in Hanalei Bay, North Shore, Kauai

We love to stay on the North Shore and driving through Hanalei Bay you cannot help but notice this church and of course I had to take a lot of photographs. Then back home over a number of years I have made many quilts of it. Here is a selection of just a few.

 

 

 

Returning in 2007 we stayed at a VRBO house on the beach in Haena, its called Hale Kilo I’a’ which means The house where you watch Fish. It is still our favorite place to stay, and comes highly recommended, although we haven’t been back in a few years. Its owned by the family of the artist Tambi Larsen and has an eclectic mix of original Hawaiian art The House where you watch Fish

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Hawaiian Appliqué Fish Quilt

In my years of quilting since 2003 I have returned to making fish quilts on a number of occasions. It must be the Pisces in me. In 2004 I wanted to submit a quilt to a show so I combined many smaller fish to make a larger quilt. I came up with Pacific Oceanlife. I entered it in the local county fair and won 1st place for novice quilter and a sewing machine! I also entered into the quilt show in Paducah and it got juried in.

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Pacific Oceanlife before quilting.

In 2016 I was asked by my guild to design their opportunity quilt for 2018 which I was quite honored to do. Rather than look for a pattern to use I decided I would design it myself and then invite guild members to help work on it. I came up with Rainbow Fish. It has rows of varying sized raw-edge appliqué fish each placed onto an improv pieced quilt block. My fish designs came naturally to me especially when I looked at the bathroom I had painted for my children back in 1999.

 

 

 

And also this gouache painting I made in 1991, that hangs on my living room wall

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The photo is not great because of the lighting and the glare of the glass but you can see I am still drawn to those same fish designs and use of  bright colors. I realized I could make the same kind of image using not paint but fabric.

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Rainbow Fish, 2018 Opportunity Quilt for Foothill Quilt Guild

My favorite way to work is still raw edge fabric collage or appliqué and that is what I will be teaching at the Alchemist’s retreat this September at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. I am still making fish quilts but have branched out to work on reptiles, birds, flowers, faces and now my biggest love is pet faces mainly dogs in both realistic and abstract color ways.  Look at my website for more photos of my work janehaworth

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Winston, British Bulldog in progress

I will close with a photo of my family when we posed for photos, at sunset, on Tunnels Beach whilst staying in Haena, Kauai in 2008. I will dream about our next stay at The House where you watch Fish but keep making art quilts in the meantime. Message me if you have questions about my workshop, Fabric Collage Addiction.

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